September 24, 2014 8:08 am
Updated: September 24, 2014 8:27 am

Troubles with electronic voting machines aren’t rare: expert

A 'Vote Here' sign for the 2014 New Brunswick provincial election is seen outside a polling station in Quispamsis, N.B. on Sept. 22, 2014.

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FREDERICTON – An expert in Canadian politics and elections says problems with electronic voting machines like those seen in New Brunswick aren’t rare.

Pauline Beange, who lectures at the University of Toronto, says she prefers the old-fashioned method of hand-counting.

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Beange says the manual process used for federal elections can be time-consuming.

But she says it’s remarkably accurate, given the high level of scrutiny.

READ MORE: New Brunswick election coverage and results

Technical problems during Monday’s election in New Brunswick halted the flow of election results for more than two hours.

The head of the Toronto-based company at the centre of the bungle blames a software glitch, but also intense pressure from media outlets.

John Poulos, president of Dominion Voting, says the program failed to properly transfer polling data from a computer server in Fredericton to a website where media outlets were gathering results.

Poulos says the software was used to get the results to the media as quickly as possible.

Some votes disappeared from the website during the delay, which prompted speculation about the validity of the election.

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